Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Year of Darwin 8/28/2014: The frustration of describing species and favorite

 Charles Darwin

"After describing a set of forms, as distinct species, tearing up my M.S. & making them one species; tearing that up & making them separate, & then making them one again (which has happened to me) I have gnashed my teeth, cursed species, & asked what sin I had committed to be so punished." Charles Darwin,letter to J. D. Hooker and quoting Snagsby, September 1853

Darwin has been working on his barnacle book; having specimens sent to him from all over the world as he worked from home. He is working on the taxonomy of the group and I sense a small bit of frustration. 

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